We are delighted to welcome award-winning poet, actor, speaker and author, Carlos Andrés Gómez, to the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.
Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, actor, speaker and author of Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Penguin Random House in 2013.
“Man Up” is inspired by the award-winning poet and actor’s acclaimed one-man play, and is a powerful coming-of-age memoir that re-imagines masculinity for the twenty-first-century male.
“Carlos Andrés Gómez delivers a powerful message with Man Up. This book will help you look inside and ask yourself not only what it truly means to be a man today, but also how you can become more connected to the collective consciousness. An important read that will create a much needed dialogue.” – Russell Simmons
Carlos appeared on the sixth season of HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, and was voted “Favorite Poet” of his episode by viewers.
Hailed as a “truth-telling visionary” by Brass Magazine and a “lyrical prophet” by the Caymanian Compass, Carlos has been dubbed “a leading voice at the forefront of the oral poetry movement” (The Punch).
Carlos Andrés Gómez, hails from New York City, and was a former social worker in Harlem and the south Bronx. He was also a public school teacher in Philadelphia and Manhattan.
Gómez has performed at over 200 colleges and universities and toured across North America, Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa. He has has headlined festivals all over the world, including Indonesia, South Africa, Australia, Cambodia, Ireland, Spain, Canada, the U.K., and as Guest of Honor at the Berlin International Literature Festival in Germany.
Carlos has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and named Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, he is a two-time International Poetry Slam Champion (2006, 2010) and co-starred as the masked “Steve” in Spike Lee’s #1 movie “Inside Man” (2006, Universal Pictures) with Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen.
Carlos Andrés Gómez is also the star of the Emmy® Award-winning “Respect Yourself” television spots by At Large Films and appears on the third season of the popular Showtime series “The L Word.”
He is a two-time National Poetry Slam Finalist – once as a member of the renowned Nuyorican Poets Café’s Slam Team that finished 2nd, and later with the NYC/louderARTS Slam Team that finished 3rd in the U.S.
He’s represented the United States at the Poetry Africa International Festival in Durban, South Africa and been a special guest performer at the MACY’s Passport Fashion Show.
He’s collaborated with Tony Award-winning tap dance legend Savion Glover on Broadway and opened the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, D.C.
Over the past decade, Gómez has shared the stage with a diverse range of celebrated artists and icons, including Wyclef Jean, MC Lyte, Yusef Komunyakaa, Rosie Pérez, Pete Rock, Ntozake Shange, Toots and The Maytals, Immortal Technique, Reel Big Fish, Suzanne Vega, Saul Williams, Javier Colón and Mos Def.
He recently partnered with John Legend and AXE for “Senior Orientation”, a program to counteract bullying and champion inclusive masculinity among high school students.
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